Issue 28: 18 August 2016

    River’s commuter role grows

    London’s river boat services are growing their business, as commuters take to the water in place of crowded trains and buses. The service is expected to carry 4.2 million journeying passengers this year, up from 3.3 million in 2015. And Transport for London has set itself a target of 12 million passengers by 2020. Steps [...]

    Wandsworth calls time on pub conversions

    The London borough of Wandsworth has granted article 4 directions to prevent 120 pubs and bars in its area from being converted to alternative uses. The move is the first by any local authority in the UK, and will require the affected premises to apply for planning permission, should anyone wish to convert them to [...]

    Contrasting cultural plans

    Details have been revealed of two key cultural destinations planned for the capital – and have received a mixed response. While the planned relocation of the Museum of London has been well received, newly launched designs for the Olympicopolis project in Stratford have been roundly criticised. In the City of London, architects Stanton Williams and [...]

    Redbridge toughs out plan opponents

    Redbridge has put its Local Plan out for consultation, but the borough is facing a battle over housebuilding sites and permitting taller buildings. The Local Plan includes a commitment to release the 60 acre Oakfield playing fields for housing development. The borough says it must remove key green belt sites from the designation, to create [...]

    NIMBY mindset is unravelled

    Think tank the Centre for London says opposition to development can be largely overcome, if those in the development process take a few straightforward steps. In a research document sponsored by housebuilder Barratt, the organisation has mapped out the main reasons for opposition to development, and worked out how they can be best addressed. And, [...]